I’m not certain where you are logging in from today, but I’m currently here in “sunny” Florida watching and waiting for Hurricane Irma. When I haven’t been watching the Weather Channel as if it were ESPN during play off season, I’ve been prepping. I’ve been stockpiling batteries, candles, water, an unacceptably large quantity of peanut butter M & M’s, and other necessities.
But what about the kids? Sometimes the smallest people in our households can take a backseat in our minds as we rush to prepare. However, it is important to remember they need to be prepared too.
Things to think about:
- Explain what will happen, in simple and age-appropriate terms. There are some great resources to help you with this here: Explaining Hurricanes to Kids
- Be careful not to overdue your explanations though. If all your household conversations focus on the approaching hurricane and nothing else, it can increase children’s anxieties.
- Remain calm as you prepare. Remind your children that preparing for the storm is a good thing, as it will help your family remain safe. I love how this television station speaks directly to the children in the audience to reassure them and ease their anxieties: WFTV
- Involve your children in hurricane preparation. Make it fun for them. In our house we have started a special “Hurricane Toy Box.” No matter how much they cry and beg, they are not allowed to take anything from the box until the storm gets closer.
- Have on hand a list of fun and electricity-free activities for the family for when the power goes out. Board games, arts and crafts, 4-H project work, etc.
- This is a great time for a family camp out! Gather all your pillows and blankets into one room. Add some stories and s’mores. Guaranteed good time!
For more great ideas from others, check out:
Stay safe out there friends!
P.S. You really haven’t lived until you have changed a dirty diaper by headlamp.